The 50+ Best Romance Anime Ever Made (2023 Update)

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It's time to get in touch with your emotional side, as we're ranking the top romance anime that has ever been made. These shows typically depict two people falling in love; it starts with a crush and the audience watches it blossom from there. Good romance anime highlights all kinds of relationships, from schoolyard crushes and first kisses to crossdressing anime about adults developing a relationship at work. They also feature some of the sexiest anime characters and anime girls ever created. Sometimes referred to as love anime, these shows can be a little more slow-paced than your typical shoujo anime, but that isn't to say they're boring. In fact some of the best romance anime isn't strictly about love, but rather a combination of multiple genres.

In the hit series Inuyasha, the love between Inuyasha and Kagome is strong throughout the series, but it takes a back seat to the fighting and action scenes that really drive the show. The same goes for the popular Eureka 7, where Renton and Eureka fall in love while piloting mechs and fighting the evil United Federation. Now, if anime romance is your kind of thing, be sure to vote up the best series below.

Don't forget, if one of your favorite romantic anime shows is missing from the poll, you can add it so that others can vote for it too. Add as many series as you like, as long as they tell a love story with intense feelings and emotions.

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  • Horimiya
    14,761 votes

    Kyouko Hori is your typical popular high school girl, excelling in academics and social life. On the other hand, Izumi Miyamura is a quiet, introverted boy who hides his true colorful appearance behind glasses and a plain demeanor. Both have secrets they wish to keep hidden from their classmates, but when they unexpectedly run into each other outside of school, they learn that appearances can be deceiving.

    If you're in the mood for a heartwarming, slice-of-life romance with a touch of humor, you'll definitely want to give Horimiya a try. It's ultimately an affirmation that love and acceptance can be found in the unlikeliest of places!

  • Your Name
    23,807 votes

    If you haven't seen Your Name yet, what are you even doing with your life? This award winning film explores the enigmatic connection that can form between two seemingly distant souls, transcending time and space. Mitsuha Miyamizu, a small-town high school girl, and Taki Tachibana, a city boy from Tokyo, find themselves inexplicably swapping bodies a few times a week, causing both confusion and adjustment in their daily lives.

    As they try to navigate this bizarre phenomenon and learn more about each other through their experiences in each other's lives, Mitsuha and Taki develop a deep bond that transcends the boundaries of their physical existence. 

  • Insomniacs After School
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    169 votes
  • A Silent Voice
    14,814 votes

    Bullying is an all-too-common problem among young people, and in the world of A Silent Voice, Shoya Ishida is no exception. As a middle schooler, he tormented deaf classmate Shoko Nishimiya to the point where she had to transfer schools, but karma catches up to Shoya as he finds himself shunned by his classmates in return.

    Now in high school and ostracized from his peers, Shoya aims to make amends for his past actions. He learns sign language and seeks out Shoko, both as a personal quest for redemption and to help her reconnect with their former classmates. Along the way, they develop a deep bond that may just heal the scars left by their shared history.

  • Maid Sama!
    59,205 votes

    Working in a maid café sounds fun - that is, if you're into cute outfits and taking orders. However the protagonist of Maid Sama!, Misaki Ayuzawa, works in one out of necessity, as the student council president of a once all-boys school trying to keep her job a secret. Misaki's mission is to maintain her tough exterior at school while also keeping her part-time job under wraps.

    Everything changes when the popular and enigmatic Usui Takumi discovers her secret, leading her on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and events. As Misaki tries to balance her authority at school and her identity as a maid, she finds herself unexpectedly growing closer to Usui, who seems to always be there to help her out. The only problem is that she's completely clueless about his true feelings for her!

  • The heroine of Snow White with the Red Hair, Shirayuki, is a commoner born with a rare and striking feature: her vibrant red hair. This unique trait catches the eye of the selfish and narcissistic Prince Raj, who demands Shirayuki become his concubine due to her rare beauty.

    Shirayuki decides to take her fate into her own hands by escaping her kingdom and cutting her red hair as an act of defiance. Along her journey, she meets the charming and chivalrous Prince Zen of the neighboring kingdom. With his help and the support of new friends, Shirayuki tries to forge her own path in life as an herbalist, defying expectations and societal norms. As expected, her newfound independence and relationships attract danger and drama.

  • Kamisama Kiss
    35,401 votes

    Becoming the deity of a dilapidated shrine might not have been your dream job, but for protagonist Nanami Momozono, it was her only option when she suddenly found herself homeless. After a fateful encounter with a mysterious stranger, the now-divine Nanami is tasked with fulfilling the duties of the land god, Mikage.

    Nanami's journey towards becoming a competent deity is not an easy one, but she soon discovers that her newfound powers come with some unexpected perks: like being able to see and interact with a myriad of supernatural creatures, including her handsome fox familiar, Tomoe. As she grows into her new role, Nanami finds herself at the center of a complicated web of love, duty, and friendship – all while learning that being a god isn't as straightforward as she thought.